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Millions of Irish civil registration records have been released online free of charge.

Available via, the records provide an array of details about births, marriages and deaths registered in the country dating back to the mid-19th century.

While basic indexes to the records have been available through the state-run genealogy site since 2014 (with some entries already on FamilySearch), users can view scans of the full register entries online for the first time.

Researchers could previously only access the information by ordering an official certificate, photocopy or by visiting the public search facility that the General Register Office of Ireland maintains in Dublin.

Due to privacy restrictions, birth records from the past 100 years, marriage records from the past 75 years and death records from the past 50 years are not available.